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^ That's excellent news!

Get young minds involved.
There seems to be a lot of doubt about the current college generation.. but some of these kids are brilliant.
 

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I'm actually a little surprised by this because it was my impression that GM is quite far along in it's autonomous technology, yet looking for breakthroughs from contests like this one seems to belie that notion.
I am in favor that everyone and anyone that can create a new version of the self-driving car to reach the same goals must participate. As you posted, GM/Chevrolet is still making its own, as mentioned in the article:

"Chevrolet remains hard at work devising its own solutions for autonomy. It, too, is using the Bolt EV as a platform. The Orion facility that produces the standard Bolt will also manufacture versions loaded with autonomous hardware, and the vehicles will be tested on local Michigan roads, thanks to a new law that permits such activity."

If anyone here in this forum has their own ideas, and can get funding, go for it! Eventually GM will evaluate the best and most commercial ideas, and apply it to build the first production versions for the laypersons to buy and use. The final version will be GM's standard that can apply to other EV and hybrid models, from the Cadillac CT6 Hybrid and EREV-based SUVs to the next Bolt-based EV model.

I am expecting the final models to be sold when I am too old to drive by myself in the next twenty years.

Edit: Criuse Automation is growing and looking for more employees. The salaries start at $116,000 a year!!:
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/04/gms-cruise-automation-plans-to-hire-1100-employees/

GM is growing in the autonomous field. More work is needed from all sources.
 

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If it were permitted, I'd cheat and kill two birds with one stone.
Make an autonomous DRIVER instead of a car. We know that 2 eyes, 2 hands, 1 foot can control any car. The robot does not need to be a working humanoid, only a driver. It could be tested in a simulator instead of roadways, and some of the work has been done.
 

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Ford and GM are currently the top leaders in the race to the market of cars with Autonomous Drive System, while Tesla with all its hyping and claims of 10x safety is sadly in the 12th place.

https://electrek.co/2017/04/04/tesla-gm-ford-autonomous-driving-leaderboard/
That whole article reeks of biased news. A large part of their "factor" is how many vehicles they could produce with self driving cars... of course Ford and GM can mass produce more cars than Tesla.. smh
 

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That whole article reeks of biased news. A large part of their "factor" is how many vehicles they could produce with self driving cars... of course Ford and GM can mass produce more cars than Tesla.. smh
To date, Tesla, with all its overhyping of autonomous driving system, hasn't produce a convincing video showing its car in fully autonomous mode navigate the streets of San Francisco through congested pedestrian crossings, road repairs, double parking unlike GM's Chevy Bolt. This really confirms that Tesla is on the 12th place. Tesla's claiming override incidents per mile are the lowest, but most of its miles are superboring freeway miles! The best fully autonomous system should handle the widest number of edge cases that aren't normally assumed.
 

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To date, Tesla, with all its overhyping of autonomous driving system, hasn't produce a convincing video showing its car in fully autonomous mode navigate the streets of San Francisco through congested pedestrian crossings, road repairs, double parking unlike GM's Chevy Bolt. This really confirms that Tesla is on the 12th place. Tesla's claiming override incidents per mile are the lowest, but most of its miles are superboring freeway miles! The best fully autonomous system should handle the widest number of edge cases that aren't normally assumed.
I find disturbing is the Tesla's website implying they have Autonomy in all new cars.

Folks who have been reading the Tesla owner sites, have read quite a bit this year about the AutoPilot 2 shortcomings.

But this is what is on their sales site today:
TeslaAutonomy.jpg
There is video there which shows a production Tesla zipping in and around city streets flawlessly.
While that is for sale, it is not something you can actually receive at this time.

And they claim they have fixed the AutoPilot 2 as of 3/31/2017. This is the email they sent me:
Autopilot Updates
New Autopilot features arrived this week with the Tesla version 8.1 software release. Features include:
• High-speed Autosteer
• Lane Departure Warning
• Summon your car remotely
• Parallel Autopark
• Auto Lane Change
Schedule a test drive at your Tesla store to experience these exciting Autopilot features, ...
From what some owners are saying, "exciting" is an understatement for the current cars being sold if you activate the AutoPilot 2.

NOTE: I do know they are only referring to hardware, and only Beta level AP2, but they are certainly trying to mislead people who are not familiar with Tesla's progress.
 
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